Two Hervey Bay brothers have lent their web development skills to an online petition against the Coalition’s NBN policy.
Two Hervey Bay brothers have lent their web development skills to an online petition against the Coalition’s NBN policy. Trevor Veale

Former Hervey Bay brothers in online push for a better NBN

TWO Hervey Bay brothers from SideLab.com have lent their web development skills to an online petition against the Coalition's NBN policy.

As of early Saturday morning, the petition had attracted more than 232,000 signatures.

Ben and Nathan Hoad are part of the team behind the online petition tracker, which shows the number of signatures supporting the fibre-to-the-home broadband solution, rather than the Coalition's proposed fibre-to-the-node plan.

Labor's plan would have had fibre optic networks directly linked to homes.

The Coalition's plan would see fast fibre delivered to each street, terminating at the node.

Ben Hoad said the node option was the equivalent of an eight-lane super highway slowing to a two-lane road.

"It's just a short stretch where we wouldn't be travelling at speed - but it's still a hell of a bottleneck," he said.

In a company working with clients and users around the world, the Hoad brothers know the importance of keeping speed in a global online landscape.

Ben said global giants, Microsoft and Google, 8 weren't coming to Australia because the country lacked the infrastructure they would need to operate here.

"The internet isn't the world wide web, it's the infrastructure," he said.

 The change.org petition started by Nick Paine states bandwidth capacity, speed and cost as the key issues with the proposed plan and is directed at Malcolm Turnbull, who is expected to be appointed the Communications Minister.

Mr Turnbull responded to the petition saying there would be a strategic review conducted within 60 days which would show how long it would take and how much it would cost to complete the NBN on the current specifications and what that meant to taxpayers and consumers.

"We want to ensure that all Australians have very fast broadband as soon, as cheaply and as affordably as possible," he said.

"The NBN project at present is running over budget and way behind schedule."

To watch the signatures stack up in real time, visit www.iwantthenbn.com.



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